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TYLER PERRY'S GOOD DEEDS (2012)
ABOUT THE CAST
Release Date: February 24, 2012
Studio: Lionsgate
Director: Tyler Perry
Screenwriter: Tyler Perry
Starring: Tyler Perry, Thandie Newton
Genre: Drama, Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13

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CAST INFO

TYLER PERRY (Wesley Deeds) - See ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

BAFTA Award-winning THANDIE NEWTON (Lindsey Wakefield) is not only one of the world's great beauties, but an actress of uncommon talent and range.

Thandie was most recently seen making her stage debut in London's West End starring in "Death and the Maiden" by Ariel Dorfman. On screen she was most recently seen in Retreat," an independent psychological thriller opposite Cillian Murphy and Jamie Bell, directed by Carl Tibbetts. The film is about a couple secluded on a remote Scottish island, their lives shattered by the arrival of a wounded marine warning them of a global pandemic.

In 2010, Thandie starred in "For Colored Girls," opposite Whoopi Goldberg and Janet Jackson. Prior to that, she starred in Roland Emmerich's "2012" for Columbia with John Cusack, which revolves around an academic researcher who battles to prevent an apocalypse predicted by the ancient Mayans. The film grossed over $750 million worldwide.

Thandie was praised for her work in the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture of 2006: "Crash," the story of a multiracial group of characters whose lives interconnect following a car accident in Los Angeles. For her performance, Thandie received BAFTA (Outstanding Supporting Actress) and SAG (Best Ensemble) Awards.

Thandie also starred in "RocknRolla," written and directed by Guy Ritchie, opposite Gerard Butler and Olive Stone's film "W." as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice opposite Josh Brolin.

Other films have included "Vanishing on 7 th Street" directed by Brad Anderson; David Schwimmer's comedy "Run Fat Boy Run," opposite Hank Azaria and Simon Pegg; Gabriele Muccino's critically acclaimed box office hit "The Pursuit of Happyness," opposite Will Smith; Jonathan Demme's contemporary romantic thriller "The Truth About Charlie," inspired by Stanley Donen's 1963 film "Charade;" and the John Woo-helmed action film "Mission Impossible 2." She received rave reviews for her astonishingly original and bold performance as the title character in Jonathan Demme's 1998 adaptation of Toni Morrison's novel, "Beloved," co-starring Oprah Winfrey.

Thandie is actively involved in the V-Day foundation. In 2011 she attended the opening of the City of Joy in Bukavu, DRC. It houses and supports women survivors of sexual violence and provides them with opportunities to develop their leadership skills through innovative programming.

Thandie also spoke at the prestigious Ted Global Conference in 2011.

Thandie is currently a spokeswoman for Olay.

BRIAN WHITE (Walt Deeds) is in for a busy year – as he stars in three upcoming films and a hit TV series.

On the small screen, White reprised his popular role of Marcus in the Emmy®-award nominated drama series "Men of A Certain Age" which stars Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula as three best friends in their late forties dealing with the realities of middle age. White is almost a nemesis to Braugher's character ‘Owen' as ‘Marcus' constantly outshines him at t he car lot where they are both salesmen. Owen's father, the owner of the lot, considers Marcus the "son he wished he had."

Later this year, White stars opposite Academy®-award nominee Richard Jenkins and Emmy®-award winner Bradley Whitford in the Joss Whedon / Drew Goddard horror film "The Cabin in the Woods" and will also star in the upcoming Bollywood romantic comedy film "Politics of Love" opposite Mallika Sherawat, Loretta Devine and Ruby Dee. "Politics of Love" is a romantic comedy that follows the fortunes of a campaign team caught up in a whirlwind of euphoric romances during Obama's presidential push.

White has showcased his talent with a multitude of characters in different genres of film: in 2009, White starred in "Tyler Perry 's I Can Do Bad All by Myself" (Lionsgate) opposite Taraji P. Henson. He also appeared opposite Channing Tatum and Terrance Howard in "Fighting " (Rogue Pictures) and alongside World Wrestling Entertainment superstar John Cena in the film "12 Rounds" (Fox Atomic). In 2008, he starred alongside Jason Statham in the fantasy-adventure epic "In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale" (Fox International). White also starred in the musical-drama "Stomp the Yard" (Screen Gems) and opposite Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in Disney's box office hit "The Game Plan." Other notable film credits include the box office hit "The Family Stone" (Fox 2000) and Independent Spirit Award -nominated film "Brick" (Focus Features/Universal).

A Boston native and son of a licensed financial consultant mother and professional basketball player father (legend JoJo White of the Boston Celtics), White was instilled with the importance of both sports and education throughout his childhood. He studied Political Science, Psychology and Theater at Dartmouth College.

He continued to play football and lacrosse throughout his college years and upon graduation was signed by both an NFL (New England Patriots) and NLL (Boston Blazers) team. In 2000, due to an injury, White made the transition from professional athlete to investment broker. Later on, a chance meeting with an entertainment executive led him to leave the world of finance to begin a new career in modeling and eventually acting.

White is most recognizable to television audiences as ‘Detective Tavon Garris' on the award-winning FX crime drama "The Shield." Other television credits include CBS' "Moonlight," UPN's "Moesha," "The Parkers," and "Second Time Around" as well as MTV's "Spyder Games."

He recently returned from touring the United States in David E. Talbert's stage show "What My Husband Doesn't Know" alongside Michelle Williams, Ann Nesby, Clifton Davis and Morris Chestnut.

He also has a philanthropic side to him and has co-founded a multitude of different ventures including: the Helping Hands Celebrity Weekend (HHCW) in St. Thomas, US VI which creates a unique arena where members of the entertainment industry, professional athletes and corporate leaders can unite and support one another's charitable efforts; Black Carpenter (www.BlackCarpenter.org) which is a multi-platform youth empowerment brand that includes a book, feature documentary and speaking tour designed to create a "tool box" that represents the essential life skills for building a successful next generation; a professional dance company/community youth outreach organization called Phunk Phenomenon Urban Dance Theatre. He is also a founding partner of a full-service film, television and broadband production company based in Los Angeles, CA.

He will celebrate his first wedding anniversary later this summer.

REBECCA ROMIJN (Heidi) continues to maintain her leading lady status in Hollywood with roles in a number of prominent film and television projects. Romijn can be seen in the new Adult Swim comedy "NTSF:SD:SUV" opposite Paul Scheer, Martin Starr and Rob Riggle.

Romijn most recently co-starred for two seasons on the Emmy® nominated ABC comedy series "Ugly Betty." Romijn played ‘Alexis Meade,' formerly known as ‘Alex Meade,' the presumed dead brother of current MODE Magazine editor ‘Daniel' (Eric Mabius). In its debut season, the show won the Golden Globe® for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and the Writers Guild Award for Best New Series.

Previously, she starred in the blockbuster hits "X-Men," "X2," as well as "X3: The Last Stand." In this trio of films she played villainess ‘Mystique,' opposite Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry. She recently reprised this role for a cameo in "X-Men: First Class." However, it was her role in Brian De Palma's "Femme Fatale" opposite Antonio Banderas that won her critical acclaim. In this film noir thriller, Romijn plays a woman attempting to go straight, while being haunted by her shady con-woman past. The Los Angeles Times said of her performance, "Not since Sissy Spacek burned up the screen in "Carrie" has a De Palma woman held the screen as forcefully as Rebecca Romijn." Other film credits include "The Punisher" "Godsend," "Rollerball," "Simone," "Lies and Alibis," "Man About Town" and most recently, "Lake City."

Romijn previously starred on the WB series "Pepper Dennis." She began crossing over from the fashion world to TV with memorable appearances on the hit television shows "Friends" and "Just Shoot Me," as well as hosting MTV's "House of Style."

She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, actor Jerry O'Connell and their twin daughters.

JAMIE KENNEDY (Mark Freeze) grew up in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, the son of a machinist and a paralegal, and the youngest of six children. He spent his formative years the same way as many children: being abused by nuns in Catholic school, tormenting his parents, and avoiding any thought of long-term goals. But when Jamie's high school guidance counselor informed him that his grades, test scores and personality best suited him to a career of shoeing horses, he decided that the time had come to get serious about the future. He was going to move to Hollywood and become an actor. Honing his skills on the comedy circuit, Jamie landed his big break being cast in Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet," alongside Leonardo DiCaprio as a punked-out rival to John Leguizamo. His career soon kicked into high gear as he co-starred in his breakthrough performance as Randy Meeks, the video store clerk well-versed in the conventions of scary movies, in Wes Craven's "Scream" and its follow-up "Scream 2."

Since these early days, Jamie has worked alongside some of the biggest names in Hollywood. While doing what he does best alongside legendary comics such as Steve Martin in "Bowfinger," you see a harder side of Jamie Kennedy the actor as a street hustler who attacks Greg Kinnear in the Oscar®-nominated "As Good As It Gets." Across his acting range, he always maintains his crafted ability to add much needed comedy into dramas, seen in "The Three Kings" with George Clooney, "The Boiler Room" with Vin Diesel, and Tony Scott's "Enemy of the State," playing a comedic techie in charge of protecting national security alongside Seth Green with Will Smith and Gene Hackman.

In 2002, Kennedy created his own sketch comedy show "The Jamie Kennedy Experiment," a television show that can be best described as a combination of "Candid Camera" meets "Saturday Night Live." As a part of the show, he collaborated with Oprah Winfrey on multiple occasions, combining his prank jokes and unwavering wit on her practical joke special. "JKX" quickly became The WB's highest-ranking new show, attracting three million viewers each week. Among the wacky characters played by Kennedy, one became across the board an all-time favorite – Brad Gluckman the Malibu rapper. Taking it to the next level in 2003, "Malibu 's Most Wanted" was released starring Kennedy as the white "wanna-be rapper" from Malibu. Both projects were produced by Kennedy's production company, Wannabe Producers. The company also produced the TV comedy "Living with Fran" in 2005 with Fran Drescher, the WB reality show "The Startlet" in 2005, and MTV's "Blowin' Up" in 2006, starring Kennedy and Stu Stone. He also created and Executive Produced did his own comedy special, "Unwashed" in 2006 for Comedy Central.

Kennedy starred in "Son of the Mask" in 2005, the sequel to the blockbuster Jim Carrey vehicle, "Kickin' It Old Skool" in 2007, about a young break dancer who slips into a coma for twenty years and wakes up 2006, and "Heckler" in 2008, a documentary that examines the means, methods, and motives of hecklers, comparing film critics to stand-up comedy hecklers. With approximately 190 episodes of television under his belt – with networks that include CBS, WB, MTV, Comedy Central, Showtime, NBC, Fox, and VH1 – Jamie currently provides his voice for "The Cleveland Show" on Fox and was starring as psychology professor Eli James in the CBS drama "Ghost Whisperer," which was Friday's number one show on television at the time. Kennedy wrapped WWE's "Bending the Rules" feature with Adam "The Edge" Copeland in the fall of 2010. After a five-week summer shoot in Europe, on "Lost and Found in Armenia," and a three-episode arc on the final season of "Entourage," Jamie stayed busy through the end of 2011. In the fall he starred alongside Joely Fisher in the feature "Cupid, Inc." for the Hallmark Channel, and shot pilots for truTV and TBS.

After working with such directors as Baz Luhrmann, Wes Craven, James L. Brooks, Tony Scott, Frank Oz, David O. Russell, Antoine Fuqua, and Kevin Smith, Jamie Kennedy is a true renaissance man, covering the genres of comedy, drama, animation, reality, horror, action and thriller. Along the way he has also written his own book "Wannabe" and recorded his own record "Blowin' Up." Kennedy stands now with the experience of being a part of over 40 films with such industry entities as Dimension, Fox, Universal, Warner Bros., New Line, Sony, and Disney, totaling a gross of over 2 billion dollars in worldwide box-office sales. He has appeared on "Oprah," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "Late Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel," "George Lopez" and "Larry King Live" to name a few. Kennedy has also been hired to either consult or create commercials for several companies on new product launches. Pepsi hired him to shoot four commercials for Aquafina water. Coors hired him to shoot a commercial with the push of Coors Light into the urban market. AXE Body Spray hired him to host an event for a new product release, along with other companies such as Activision, Intel, and Sketchers to name a few. He even co-directed a series of hidden-camera commercials for Toshiba with long-time collaborator Michael Addis.

Kennedy has incorporated all this knowledge and fifteen years of experience in the industry with his own production company, appropriately titled Jamie Kennedy Entertainment, where he and his team produce and own all its own content.

A versatile actor who continues to expand his career in television and in film, EDDIE CIBRIAN (John) has become one of the most recognized and talented actors in the business today. This past fall Eddie starred in the short lived NBC 60's period-piece, "The Playboy Club." Using the proliferation of the then Chicago-based Playboy empire as a backdrop, Cibrian played Nick Dalton, the handsome mob-tied lawyer and man-of-the-town who frequents the club and its bunnies. For the recent years leading up to this role, Cibrian starred for five seasons as firefighter ‘Jimmy Doherty' in the popular NBC series, "Third Watch;" also starred in the ESPN series, "Tilt;" followed by the ABC series "Invasion;" Fox series "Vanished;" and most recently playing the role of ‘Jesse Cardoza' on the hit CBS television series, "CSI: Miami."

Born and raised in California, Cibrian began his acting career at the age of 12, landing a Coca-Cola commercial on his very first audition. Following the success of that spot, Cibrian appeared in numerous other national commercials.

Upon entering high school, Cibrian decided to put his acting career on hold to pursue his other passion – sports. He excelled in every sport he competed in, including football, baseball, soccer and volleyball, and graduated high school with several All-State honors.

Cibrian continued his successful athletic career when he entered UCLA's football program in the fall of 1991. Unfortunately, an injury during his first year on the team left Cibrian sidelined and with extra time on his hands. The lack of physical activity left a void in Cibrian's life, so he decided to return to acting.

Cibrian immediately landed several national commercials and soon after, starred in Malcolm-Jamal Warner's Emmy®-Award winning television special "Kids Killing Kids." The attention Cibrian garnered for his appearance on Warner's special led to several soap opera auditions, one of them being for the role of Nick Newman on CBS's "The Young and the Restless." Although the show's producers felt that Cibrian was too old to play Nick, they were extremely impressed with his acting abilities and created a character for him on the show, that of the conniving Matt Clark. Within three months, Cibrian had received so much fan mail that CBS signed him to a three-year contract.

After appearing on "The Young and the Restless" for two years, Cibrian starred in several television shows including "The Bold and the Beautiful," "Baywatch Nights," "Beverly Hills 90210," "Sabrina The Teenage Witch" and "Saved by the Bell: The College Years."

It was not long before Aaron Spelling offered Cibrian the starring role of ‘Cole Deschanel' on the NBC daytime drama, "Sunset Beach." Just five months after his debut, TV Guide named Cibrian one of "Daytime's 12 Hottest Stars."

Coinciding with "Sunset Beach," Cibrian also found time in his busy schedule to star as the lead in a CBS movie-of-the-week, "Logan's War: Bound by Honor." Cibrian's other television credits include the Lifetime movie, "Jackie's Back," and the NBC biblical mini-series "In the Beginning," with Martin Landau, Jacqueline Bisset and Billy Campbell.

Prior to "CSI: Miami," Eddie appeared simultaneously in recurring roles on three series – the role of ‘Coach Diaz' on the ABC series, "Ugly Betty," the role of Eddie LaRoche on the USA cable series, "The Starter Wife" and the role of ‘Kevin' in the ABC series, "Samantha Who." In 2009, he starred in the Lifetime Movie "Northern Lights" and in March 2010 was seen in the lead role in the Hallmark movie, "Helping Hands."

Eddie's feature motion picture credits include his memorable performance in "Living Out Loud," the sci-fi/horror film "The Cave," 20th Century Fox's "Say It Isn't So" starring Heather Graham and Chris Klein, and Fine Line's "But I'm a Cheerleader" starring Natasha Lyonne and Clea DuVall.

Cibrian is the proud father of two sons – ages 8 and 4 and is married to country singer, actress LeAnn Rimes. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, football, tennis and basketball, and is involved with the Make-a-Wish Foundation, as well as several other charitable organizations.


JORDENN THOMPSON (Ariel) was born in Los Angeles, California on June 17 th, 2003. Jordenn was discovered at the age of four by her manager, who immediately signed her to FORD Models Los Angeles and Coast to Coast Talent Group. Jordenn has appeared in numerous print campaigns and national commercials. Last year, Jordenn reoccurred on the SyFy Network's, "Eureka." She also starred in the Indie comedy "Should've Been Romeo," opposite Ed Asner. Jordenn is an avid reader, and she loves to play soccer. Jordenn is on a competitive soccer team and practices religiously every day. Jordenn is also an ardent animal lover. She hopes to one day run a dog and cat rescue and charity organization. Jordenn looks forward to continuing her career in TV and Film, and never hesitates to inform anyone that she is, "A Professional Actress."


A native of Houston, Texas, PHYLICIA RASHAD (Wilimena) graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater from Howard University.

Ms. Rashad recently made her directorial debut at the helm of The Seattle Repertory Theatre's production of August Wilson's "Gem of the Ocean." Broadway credits include "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (and on the West End)," "Gem of the Ocean," "Raisin in the Sun" (2004 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play/Drama Desk Award), "Blue," "Jelly's Last Jam," "Into the Woods," "Dreamgirls," "The Wiz" and "Ain't Supposed To Die A Natural Death." Off Broadway credits include Lincoln Center's productions of "Cymbeline" and "Bernarda Alba;" "Helen," "The Story" and "Everybody's Ruby" at the NYSF Public Theatre; The Negro Ensemble Company productions of "Puppet Play," "Zooman and the Sign," "Sons and Fathers of Sons," "In An Upstate Motel," "Weep Not For Me," and "The Great Mac Daddy;" Lincoln Center's production of Ed Bullins' "The Duplex;" and "The Sirens" at the Manhattan Theatre Club. In regional theatre, she performed as Euripedes' "Medea" and in "Blues for and Alabama Sky" at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. Other regional theatres at which she has performed are The Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and the Huntington Theatre in Boston.

Known to television audiences for her role as ‘Claire Huxtable' on "The Cosby Show" and as ‘Ruth Lucas' on the CBS sitcom, "Cosby," she received the NAACP Image Award for "Best Actress in a Comedy Series" for both of these roles. She has also been nominated for two Emmy® Awards and has received two People's Choice® Awards.

Feature film credits include: "Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored," directed by Tim Reid; "Free of Eden," opposite Sydney Poitier; "Loving Jezebel," directed by Kwyn Bader; "The Visit," directed by Jordan Walker Pearlman; "Just Wright" with Queen Latifah; "Frankie & Alice" with Halle Berry; "For Colored Girls;" and most recently "Gods Behaving Badly."

Television film credits include: "A Raisin in the Sun" (2008 Emmy® nomination), "The Old Settler" (AFI nomination) directed by Debbie Allen, "David's Mother," "False Witness," "Jailbirds," "Polly" and "Polly Comin' Home." Other television appearances include "Touched by an Angel," "Blossom," "A Different World," and recently "A Change of Plans" and "Psyche."

As an active participant in charitable and nonprofit organizations, Ms. Rashad supports the work of the PRASAD Project, an international charitable organization and is a member of the Broadway Inspirational Voices. In addition to supporting these organizations, Ms. Rashad is dedicated to the importance of the Fine Arts in Education.

Ms. Rashad has received honorary doctorates from Providence College in Rhode Island, Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Clark University, and Barber-Scotia College and is a recipient of the Harvard University Foundation Award. In 1999 she was the recipient of the Dorothy L. Height Dreamaker Award sponsored by the National Council of Negro Women Inc. in association with Aunt Jemima/The Quaker Oats Company. In December of 2001, Ms. Rashad was honored by the Board of Directors of New York Women in Film and Television with The Muse Award for Outstanding Vision and Achievement.

One of today's hottest stars, GABRIELLE UNION (Natalie) continues to shine. Gabrielle will be seen in Screen Gems' "Think Like a Man," based on Steve Harvey's book "Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man." The film, directed by Tim Story is slated for release on March 9 th, 2012. Additionally, Gabrielle wrapped production for Film Science's independent film, "In our Nature," starring opposite John Slattery, Zach Gilford and Jena Malone. Directed by Brian Savelson, the film is slated for release in 2012.

Gabrielle's film credits include the critically acclaimed "Cadillac Records," "The Perfect Holiday," "Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls," Ryan Murphy 's "Running With Scissors," the blockbuster hit "Bad Boys II," "Breakin' All the Rules," "Deliver Us From Eva," Universal's cult hit "Bring It On," "Welcome to Collinwood," "Abandoned," "Two Can Play That Game," "Love & Basketball," "Cradle to the Grave," "Ten Things I Hate About You," "The Brothers," "Neo Ned," "The Honeymooners," "Meet Dave" and "She's All That." On the small screen, Gabrielle made her debut in UPN's hit comedy "Moesha," and then went on to guest-star on such hit shows as "ER," "Dave's World" and "The Steve Harvey Show." Shortly thereafter, Gabrielle had a recurring role on two WB hit shows, "Sister, Sister" and "7th Heaven." Gabrielle stirred things up when she guest starred as a love interest to both ‘Joey' (Matt LeBlanc) and ‘Ross' (David Schwimmer) on "Friends." With this role, Gabrielle marked the first African-American love interest on the series. She also joined the cast of Steven Bochco's "City of Angels" for one season. Gabrielle was seen on ABC's "Flash Forward," NBC's "Life" and ABC's "Ugly Betty." In addition, she starred on ABC's critically acclaimed series "Night Stalker" opposite Stuart Townsend and was also seen on HBO's award-winning "Something the Lord Made," which starred Alan Rickman, Kyra Sedgwick and Mos Def.

Gabrielle's passion for acting is rivaled by her involvement as an Ambassador for the Susan G. Komen Foundation as well as her support for the Young Survivor Coalition (YSC) and the Rape Treatment Center (RTC) at UCLA. In her free time, Gabrielle often travels on behalf of Susan G. Komen and the YSC to share her story of losing a friend to Breast Cancer and inspire others as well as visits the RTC to talk to young women. She also helped found a program called "A Step for Success" in 2004 which helps to raise funds for the economically challenged Kelso Elementary School in Los Angeles. The program holds fundraisers to help pay for books, classroom supplies and many other daily needs that teachers have fallen burden to paying for themselves. Gabrielle currently serves as a brand ambassador for Neutrogena, featured in its national television and print campaigns.

She has been acting as spokesperson since 2004. Native of Nebraska, Gabrielle currently lives in Los Angeles.

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